As a performer with years of children's theatre experience, I like to make my events engaging, dramatic, varied and fun. I have a BA in Drama (Bristol University) and, more recently, an MA in Writing for Young People (Distinction) from Bath Spa University.
My presentation is lively and interactive and usually includes a Spot the Story quiz, a Lucky Dip from the Magic Book Bin, writing tips and Q&A. It can be adapted to suit Reception and KS1 children, or KS2 children, or whole primary schools. My workshops for KS2 children, always involve some dressing up or drawing activity, as well as lots of enjoyable and very creative writing. Using the themes of my books as story starters we invent our own fantasy animals and put ourselves into stories with them, or gather and develop essential story ingredients such as character and setting.
I am passionate about bringing books into children's domain and hope to inspire them to read all kinds of books (not just my own!) I am one of the author team behind the Bradford on Avon Mini Book Festival (BOAMBF) which takes place in my local library and coincides with the start of the Summer Reading Challenge. https://boambf.wordpress.com/
I'm based near Bath but welcome any bookings which are practical.To find out more, please contact me on the email above, or check out the events pages on my website. http://www.maudiesmith.co.uk/Contact/Maudie-Smith-Events-2015.pdf
Librarians/teachers have said:
Maudie does one of the best author events I’ve ever seen. Her passion and enthusiasm for books mixed with her professional acting background makes for an enthralling, silly, and highly interactive session. Tracy Hager, Area Children and Youth Librarian, Wiltshire Libraries
Bourneville Primary, Weston-Super-Mare. Maudie's visit was fun, engaging and accessible for all children. She had carefully planned the PowerPoint for the different year groups and provided different resources to support these sessions. The assembly that opened that the day was excellent and insightful with both staff and children engaged throughout. The staff commented on how well the children stayed focused on Maudie and they really enjoyed how she promoted the magic of books. The children have really enjoyed listening to Maudie's stories and the copies in library are flying off the shelves. We would happily welcome Maudie back into school for another visit.
Oakhurst First School, Dorset. Thank you so much for the day. I have had all positive feedback from the staff and children; they all thoroughly enjoyed it and felt inspired. It was great that you highlighted how you used to find writing tricky, especially the mechanics , but are now a successful author. It gave hope to so many when the new curriculum is so demanding in terms of the 'mechanics'. I had one little boy in my class who has nagged constantly about doing his writing since your visit; he saw the Bank Holiday as a great inconvenience! Thankfully we were able to complete the task today with a mixture of the scarecrow you began with us and a Milly & the Mermaid style adventure for him to go into. Even some of my more challenging children had their hands up to share their brilliant ideas for the stories.Thank you once again for giving us all such a memorable day and inspiring the writers in our children.
Just wanted to let you know how much Keevil School enjoyed your visit on World Book Day 2017. All members of staff came to me on Friday and thanked me for organising it and said how much fun they and their classes had. You really made the day ALL about books - rather than just dressing up!! I know lots of children in my class are really enjoying/have enjoyed your books and are inspired to read more! Couldn't ask for more really!
Thank you so much for coming to talk about Opal Moonbaby. Our Year 4 class were so captivated after meeting you earlier in the year that their friends in the other class were determined not to miss out. The children, teachers and adults loved your talks. Inspirational, amazing and fab were just some of the adjectives they used to describe your sessions. Mrs Foster tore up her homework plan and has sent her class home to design their own mingles! (St Stephens School, Bath)
Thanks for such a wonderful day. It was a real treat and the staff were thrilled with what you shared with the children. I have loads of teaching ideas now too- you've inspired me! (Monkton Combe Prep School)
Maudie Smith is an excellent visiting author! Her talks at Widcombe Junior School, St Martin's Garden Primary and Bath Central Library were all great fun (in addition to being well-planned and well-timed). Maudie's key talent is an ability to engage with her audience, while her background in theatre means that readings from her books are expressive and highly entertaining. The Opal Moonbaby books have been very popular in school and have definitely encouraged children into the library.
On behalf of us all at Freshford Pre School, a HUGE thank you. We were thrilled with the attendance and people's feedback. Everyone had a wonderful morning and they were very complimentary about your storytelling and books!
I write funny books with adventure, fantasy, friendship and lots of heart. Junior fiction, early reader chapter books, and picture books.